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Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 (with reconstructed Finale) [CD]

Anton Bruckner , Johannes Wildner , New Philharmonic Orchestra of Westphalia Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: New Philharmonic Orchestra of Westphalia
  • Conductor: Johannes Wildner
  • Composer: Anton Bruckner
  • Audio CD (1 Sep 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000BX5KD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,709 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109 (original 1894 version, ed. L. Nowak): I. Feierlich, misteriosoWestphalia New Philharmonic Orchestra23:16Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109 (original 1894 version, ed. L. Nowak): II. Scherzo: Bewegt, lebhaft - Trio: Schnell - Scherzo (da capo)Westphalia New Philharmonic Orchestra10:57Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109 (original 1894 version, ed. L. Nowak): III. Adagio: Langsam, feierlichWestphalia New Philharmonic Orchestra25:01Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, WAB 109: IV. Finale (completed by N. Samale, J. Phillips, B. Cohrs, G. Mazzuca, 1992 version)Westphalia New Philharmonic Orchestra23:28Album Only

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Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique de Westphalie - Johannes Wildner, direction

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Colin Fortune VINE VOICE
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Probably the best solution to listening to this symphony - unless the missing pages of the finale turn up, and let's hope they do - is the one proposed by Nicolaus Harnoncourt on his RCA set. Have a "workshop" at the beginning of the concert: an illustrated talk showing just how much we have left of Bruckner's music. Then proceed with the "normal" 3 movement performance. Even in the dark old days when nothing was generally known about the torso of the finale and the first three movements only were played, the incomplete conception was - and is - very moving indeed. Another alternative is to have a gap between the first three movements and any realisation of the finale. The wonders of the Adagio deserve a good pause for assimilation in any case!

The first three movements are played here very well indeed with an authentic "Bruckner sound" and though neither orchestra nor conductor are well known, nobody should be put off from buying the disc on that account. The performance of the finale actually makes the most cogent sense of the "Italian Committee's" realisation that I have heard - better than Inbal for example. Carrigan's completion on Chandos is fair enough until the horribly coarse coda with the Sousa trumpet but the disc has the advantage of recording of the actual fragments discovered up to the time of recording, so you have a chance to hear what is Bruckner and what is editor.

It is worth getting this recording for the reconstructed last movement alone, as a sort of curiosity. The fact that movements 1 - 3 are so well done is the icing on the cake!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith Triumphant 12 Feb 2004
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‘Authenticity’ is a vague idea where Bruckner’s symphonies are concerned. There remain undecidable questions of text and versions in the case of most of the nine. These uncertainties are not all on account of ‘friends’ meddling with Bruckner’s scores after he had achieved what satisfied him as a definitive form of the work. Bruckner was himself a persistent, dissatisfied reviser.
The indisputable fact that the ‘reconstructed’ finale cannot be considered ‘definitive’ is therefore of no overwhelming significance. The facts of the case are that the finale of the 9th was completed by Bruckner in full score up to the beginning of the coda (a fact H. F. Redlich pointed out 50 years ago: ‘Bruckner and Mahler’, Master Musicians, Dent). The finale of Bruckner’s 9th was therefore left in a more complete state than Mahler’s 10th. The thorough notes accompanying this recording present a strong and largely convincing musicological case for this reconstruction.
But what matters more for the listener is whether the reconstruction in the setting of the entire symphony is emotionally and psychologically sound. From that perspective the reconstruction is a resounding triumph. It places the symphony as a whole firmly in the authentic stream of Bruckner’s symphonic visions of faith triumphant; the finale’s coda bringing the symphony, and therefore Bruckner’s entire symphonic output, to a moment of glorious and resplendent magnificence, a summit of transfigured splendour and arrival.
The themes Bruckner builds with in this most magisterial finale are wonderfully characteristic products of his most mature contemplations, certainly there is no evidence of any diminution of his creative skills.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No prizes? 13 May 2007
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Look through the NAXOS catalogue and this CD set has been strangely overlooked in the awards stakes. But this is a stunning effort and the finale is just breathtaking. No doubt there are those who may be offended by this completion, but the original three movement work still exists, so why not enjoy a look into what might have been, and wake up the neighbours in the process? Another bargain NAXOS find. 5 stars.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bruckner 9th Without the Finale? Not Anymore! 31 Aug 2010
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Let me start by saying that I am well acquainted with all of Bruckner's 9 published symphonies (in all their various editions, along with his "0" and "00" study symphonies), his wondrous Te Deum, Mass in D minor and even his rather obscure string quartet & quintet. I know the REAL Bruckner sound when I hear it, so I approached this Bruckner 9th - with newly reconstructed 4th movement Finale - with more than a little apprehension...

...and the fact that the symphony was performed by the provincial Philharmonic Orchestra of Westphalia (where?) and conducted by Johannes Wildner (who?) and recorded for the super-budget Naxos label (huh?), didn't help in the least to ease my growing uncertainties.

I freely admit that my skepticism was simply shameful!

But I'm overjoyed to report that ALL my unreasonable fears and misgivings were completely unfounded! Make no mistake about it, from opening Misterioso to closing (reconstructed) Misterioso, this is a magnificent recording!

It's so good, in fact, that I can't imagine ever listening to Bruckner's 9th again without the reconstructed Finale! I also can't imagine WHY this recording didn't make a bigger impact when it was released way back in 2003?! The answer is surely a sadly simple one: "If it's not recorded by Decca, Philips, Deutsche Grammophon or EMI, it's surely not worth listening to!"

But if there ever was a recording to place Naxos in the same exalted league as the aforementioned "Big Wigs," this is definitely the one!

Everything from the lovely and completely idiomatic sound of the Westphalia players (I've never heard the VPO sound this Viennese!), the absolutely right tempo and rubato choices by conductor Wildner (Giulini's Bruckner 9th should sound positively lethal after this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with Rattle !
Sadly, Naxos have shot themselves directly and uncommonly in the foot.
By pricing this release at 2 CD price - albeit Naxos x 2 - and offering only 23 mins on the second... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Trevor Adlock
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I had never listened to Bruckner before hearing this on the radio one night. I was hooked, this is a very strong piece and for all the arguments about the final reconstructed... Read more
Published 17 months ago by CSB
5.0 out of 5 stars The Battle of Gods and Giants
In most symphonies - well, at least the ones that work conceptually - the last movement serves to consummate the tensions or aspirations of the previous movements while still... Read more
Published on 3 April 2012 by Bernard Michael O'Hanlon
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic...... but.....
Although I have only awarded 4 stars to this recording, I have no hesitation in recommending it to Bruckner fans curious to know how his 9th Symphony would probably have... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2012 by C. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruckner's 9th in 4 movements
I share the opinions of earlier reviewers here that this performance merits a very strong "Buy":
(a) The orchestra are excellent - clearly well studied and rehearsed, and yet... Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by Mr. N. Hazell
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly taboo
I bought this recording of Bruckner's 9th a few months ago. After spending some time getting used to listening to it in the four-movement form, it now seems completely convincing... Read more
Published on 4 July 2010 by Androcleas
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildner's strong performance of the complete Bruckner 9 injects...
This is a splendid achievement: the posthumously-completed finale evinces a cogency that is entirely lacking in, for example, Talmi's recording for Chandos. Read more
Published on 5 May 2010 by A. H. Reinhardt-rutland
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only want one B9 get this one.
I also have the earlier Carragan completion of this symphony on Chandos (CHAN 7051) which I enjoy, but this completion is substantially different and probably closer to Bruckner's... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2004
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